Natassja Pal


One sentence to describe yourself: Born to unconventional parents in Portland, OR - usually quiet but always curious.

What will you be presenting on? Finding identity at the grocery store.

Best piece of advice you ever got about cooking: Clean as you go.

If you could only eat one meal forever, it would be: An egg on top of rice with fermented hot sauce, and a nice salad on the side.

Favorite food: Chaat / Curry noodle soups

Recommended reading: Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Jennifer 8 Lee; A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression by Andrew Coe and Jane Ziegelman; Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor by Virginia Eubanks

Best meals: Meals with small groups of friends.

Food you’d like to try: Anything spicy and meat free.

Additional comments: There's nothing wrong with simple food.